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Webinar: A Material Development: How Blaszczak II changes the insider trading landscape

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  Thursday, February 2nd
  1:00 - 2:00 pm ET
  Your Desk!


Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, the largest international firm in the world dedicated solely to litigation and arbitration, with a unique expertise in Securities Enforcement and a deep experience of the SEC, invites you to a one hour webinar on insider trading.

Recently, in a case known as Blaszczak II, the Second Circuit overturned the criminal convictions of several individuals previously charged with insider trading for sharing and trading on “political intelligence.” The decision changes the landscape for prosecutors considering criminal insider trading charges.

In 2020,  a divided panel of the Second Circuit held in Blaszczak II that federal prosecutors might rely on a rarely used securities fraud statute to criminalize insider trading. Many feared the decision lowered the bar for prosecutors, making it easier to obtain criminal prosecutions than to prevail on civil charges for alleged insider trading. In Blaszczak II, the court reversed course, and the decision may have far-reaching implications for insider trading prosecutions in the future.

Our expert panel, including seasoned criminal defense attorneys and a former senior member of the SEC’s Division of Enforcement, will explore the insider trading landscape post-Blasczcak II and discuss the implications for insider trading prosecutions going forward.


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Kami Haeri

Dabney O'Riordan

Dabney O’Riordan is a partner in Quinn Emanuel’s SEC Enforcement practice where she primarily focuses on securities-related government inquiries and litigation, particularly for private investment firms and other asset managers.  Dabney has extensive experience managing investigations and litigation, in particular matters involving the asset management industry, including advisers to private equity funds, hedge funds, venture capital funds, mutual funds, ETFs, business development companies, and separately managed accounts.  In addition to representing clients in connection with SEC and other government matters, Dabney provides compliance counseling to asset managers. Read more.


Dan Koffmann

Dan Koffmann represents companies, boards of directors, and senior executives in sensitive matters involving criminal investigations and indictments, internal investigations, congressional inquiries, and other disputes with the government.  He advises clients on a broad range of white collar issues, including alleged corruption, securities fraud and insider trading, tax evasion, accounting fraud, the False Claims Act, money laundering, sanctions evasion, and civil and criminal forfeiture proceedings.  He also brings affirmative claims against government regulators and agencies when statutes, regulations, and other government actions infringe on clients’ rights.  Read more.


Kristin Tahler

Kristin N. Tahler is a partner in the Los Angeles Office. Her practice focuses on white collar criminal defense, internal investigations, and complex civil matters often related to criminal or quasi-criminal charges or fraudulent conduct. Drawing on extensive and varied litigation experience, Kristin serves as a master strategist who helps clients shape legal approaches to complicated problems. Her clients are often international companies, executives, boards of directors, investors, and ultra high net-worth individuals who turn to her as counselor to help solve their thorniest legal issues, map out strategies and carry out coordinated plans. Read more.



Kurt Wolfe (Moderator)

Kurt's practice focuses on government and internal investigations, regulatory enforcement inquiries, and securities litigation. Kurt has a wealth of experience representing clients in complex, bet-the-company investigations and enforcement actions, including matters stemming from the Allen Stanford Ponzi scheme, Operação Lava Jato in Brazil, so-called “princeling” hiring practices, the Scott Rothstein Ponzi scheme, and the Adelphia accounting scandal. Read more.